Windows 9 preview could come next month

Windows 9 preview to come in September
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Industry insiders familiary with the matter claim that Microsoft will reveal a technology preview of its next-gen Windows operating system by late September or early October.
Codrut Nistor,

Although the old Start menu was expected to return in Windows 8, it seems this will only happen once the next Windows version comes out. Windows 9, also known as "Windows Threshold," promises to adapt automatically to the user's platform, but what most Windows 8 users are waiting for is the return of the Start menu.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley got fresh information from multiple industry insiders who told her that Microsoft will bring a technology preview release of Windows 9 "by late September or early October." Users of this early version will have to agree to automatic updates of the operating system.

Next to the return of the Start menu and the adaptive interface mode mentioned earlier, Windows 9 is also expected to come with virtual desktops, Cortana integration, windowed Metro-Style apps that run on the desktop, as well as the removal of the Charms bar introduced in Windows 8.

Earlier rumors mentioned that Microsoft could release a public preview of Threshold by the end of the year, but company officials have declined to comment. The commercial name, availability and pricing of the upcoming Windows version still have to be confirmed by the Redmond giant.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-08-15 (Update: 2014-08-15)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.